alexpaynter

alexpaynter

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On Photokina 2014: Hands-on with Leica X and X-E article (50 comments in total)

No viewfinder and a pop up flash ( a fixed flash must surely have better reliability). I think I will take the X100T

Direct link | Posted on Sep 18, 2014 at 05:39 UTC as 2nd comment
On Samsung NX1 First Impressions Review preview (506 comments in total)
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alexpaynter: This camera produces 14 bit files, but is it normal to only produce 12 bit files when in continuous mode?

This seems a bit of a limitation especially when phones using the new Snapdragon 810 chip will produce 14 bit files.

I believe there are no phones with the snapdragon 810. I am not drawing a conclusion. It is a stated specification that it can produce 14 bit photos.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 12:40 UTC
On Samsung NX1 First Impressions Review preview (506 comments in total)

This camera produces 14 bit files, but is it normal to only produce 12 bit files when in continuous mode?

This seems a bit of a limitation especially when phones using the new Snapdragon 810 chip will produce 14 bit files.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 10:46 UTC as 130th comment | 4 replies
On Fujifilm X100T Overview preview (427 comments in total)

How fast does this camera focus? I lose so many pictures to slow autofocus these days.

I had an old Canon full frame film camera with 35mm f2.8 lens and I always loved that but it could not take fast moving objects.

I love X100T because it is almost as compact as the old Canon. I can live with the poor battery life but if it cannot focus quickly I might consider the Samsung NX1. Bigger but not huge.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 13, 2014 at 09:46 UTC as 14th comment | 2 replies

Can someone explain how you can do HDR in a single shot? And if you can, why would you use any other mode? Are there disadvantages to using this mode?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 10, 2014 at 22:26 UTC as 14th comment | 5 replies
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falconeyes: Does the DPR article contain an error?

All iPhone 5-s and 6-s have 1.5 um pixels, 8 million of them. Their sensor sizes should be identical. BTW, this explains why the camera module has the exact same depth for all models and why it protudes with the thinner 6 models ...

>> I cannot imagine how things could be significantly improved without making the camera module bigger.

There was an announcement recently that Sony has a new sensor with 10 times the light sensitivity. This would made a 2/3 sensor as good as a APSC sensor in terms of catching light.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 10, 2014 at 22:20 UTC

The camera module is not the same because it has a new sensor. You can argue that the depth of the module must be the same because all other factors are the same, but they aren't.

I don't know if this is the case with the iPhone 6 but new sensors tend to be able to take light in from wider angles (the isocell is an example of this) and therefore the lens depth can be less.

Having said that, I hate the protruding lens. The could have made the camera the same depth as before with a flush lens and a much bigger battery.

I think I will just wait for sony z3x (if it isn't just someone's fantasy creation). I am not sure how you can fit a 2/3" sensor with an f1.2 lens in such a thin phone without any protrusion.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 10, 2014 at 22:08 UTC as 15th comment | 3 replies
On Nikon 1 V3 First Impressions Review preview (432 comments in total)

Nikon like so many others are all about marketing and not about the product.

The Coolpix A replacement is supposedly coming out in September. I am certain that it will not have the advanced autofocus of this model. If it did it would be on my shortlist of cameras along with the Fuji X200.

Why can this shoot at such a high burst rate with AF when the D5300 cannot. Why don't all cameras have wifi these days. Surely the facility should be built into any SOC these days.

The focus ability on this camera and the burst speed are excellent. It should be available on all Nikon products.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 12, 2014 at 00:41 UTC as 12th comment | 1 reply
On Sony SLT-A77 II First Impressions Review preview (637 comments in total)

I am struggling to see why this is better than an a6000. I am assuming it has the same processor, same sensor, same autofocus etc.

It has a bulkier body which some may find easier to hold.

Direct link | Posted on May 3, 2014 at 09:33 UTC as 40th comment | 6 replies

Why USB2? I assume it doesn't have a touch screen either. Why do manufacturers insist on leaving out features that are commonplace these days. At least it has WiFi.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 6, 2014 at 23:28 UTC as 84th comment | 3 replies

I cannot find any mention of sensor size. Does anyone know what it is. The lens sticks out a bit so I am guessing it may be 1/2.3 inches like the Xperia Z2.

I don't really care about the looks as anything I buy will be put in a cover. The replaceable battery is a big plus for me.

I have a nexus 4 at the moment and it downloads youtube extremely slowly. Much more slowly than my old iPhone 4. Is there a reason a google product can not download another google product? I am concerned about buying another Android product.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 25, 2014 at 11:14 UTC as 15th comment | 2 replies
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alexpaynter: I hear many "serious" photographers who say they just want a camera with full control and no fancy features like wifi or 3G etc. They claim to be about the photography but often they are caught up in the style of a camera.

I like control over a camera but it can be done just as easily or more so through a touch screen. We
Just have to find a logical way to do this. It has been done on phones somewhat successfully. There is no reason why it can't be done here also.

Don't get me wrong. I love the Fuji X100S and I might even buy one. But what it it had a touch screen on the whole back. When you look through the viewfinder the top right could be for exposure compensation an the left for aperture. Some software could drive the touch control even if you can't see the slider or feel it. You will see te result in the viewfinder.

Put a Tegra 4 chip with wifi, GPS, 4G and a full HD IGZO screen and you are set. It might not have the beautiful form of an X100 but it would be more functional.

Also some other ideas might be touch to focus and slide to shoot. This would get rid of the shake when shooting.

Once you look aware from the viewfinder you would have the basi menu on the screen to make further adjustments.

There are so many ways to improve function and reliability (touch screens do not wear like buttons) and many of these do not require retro looks. That is Homer Simpson mentality.

Well you could set it up so that when your eye is in the viewfinder the touch screen acts like a touch pad. You dont need to see anything. Top right for Exposure compensation. Top left for aperture. Slide up to increase and down to decease.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 2, 2013 at 15:32 UTC
On CP+ 2013: Interview with Olympus' Toshi Terada article (242 comments in total)

I have made mention of this in other threads but i will bring it up again. I used to have a Canon MC camera. It was 35 mm f2.8 film but very compact.

Of course it is nice to have a zoom but many enthusiasts are now opting for fixed lenses like Fuji X100s. I know some of those photographers want a contol ring on the lens but with auto focus getting better with every generation how often will we use manual focus. And with a couple of easily accessible control dials at the finger tips the lens dial wont be missed.

Was there something intrinsically different about the Canon MC which allowed its lens to be so compact? I would really love a full size sensor without the projecting lens. Especially with a Fuji style sensor. Even though it would be a compact it doess not mean the should skimp on the lens quality.

A camera like this would be my ideal. Basically it would be a full frame X100s but more compact.

My only other gripe is that compact cameras do not have stronger built in flashes. The X100s has a guide number of 9. The canon 60d has 12. They could at least match this. I believe that with modern technology a guide number of more than 15 should be possible with a lens angle equivalent of 35 mm on a full frame.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 2, 2013 at 07:26 UTC as 59th comment
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SleepyHammer: It helps me to compare to other things in my life. Compared to guitars which are both tools and inspiration, cameras are tools. Although I do like how my sexy metal Nikon film camera feels. And in the end, it's all just objects. Stupid question.

Guitarists do not often appreciate beauty of function. At least for electric guitars. They just want to turn it up to 11. Otherwise innovative manufactures like Klein would still be in business.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 20, 2013 at 04:04 UTC

There are many kinds of beauty. Two which apply here are beauty of form and beauty of function. Maybe beauty of craftsmanship also. The Italian's have a reputation for beauty of form. The German's for beauty of function and craftsmanship.

If someone makes a 10 times zoom lens with 19 elements and someone makes the same lens with 10 elements in a package half the size with the same quality and usability I will buy the latter because there is beauty in simplicity of design. Perhaps we could call this Occam's beauty or OKcam beauty.

There is a beauty in having all buttons and switches in the right positions. There is beauty in having logical menus with icons that have meaning or with words to describe those functions.

There is also beauty in the status quo. If we accept that the Leica is beautiful then the design should incorporate the ability to change sensor and processor easily. That would make it more beautiful or perhaps elegant.

In any case this argument is quite sane in comparison to hifi.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 20, 2013 at 03:53 UTC as 39th comment

I hear many "serious" photographers who say they just want a camera with full control and no fancy features like wifi or 3G etc. They claim to be about the photography but often they are caught up in the style of a camera.

I like control over a camera but it can be done just as easily or more so through a touch screen. We
Just have to find a logical way to do this. It has been done on phones somewhat successfully. There is no reason why it can't be done here also.

Don't get me wrong. I love the Fuji X100S and I might even buy one. But what it it had a touch screen on the whole back. When you look through the viewfinder the top right could be for exposure compensation an the left for aperture. Some software could drive the touch control even if you can't see the slider or feel it. You will see te result in the viewfinder.

Put a Tegra 4 chip with wifi, GPS, 4G and a full HD IGZO screen and you are set. It might not have the beautiful form of an X100 but it would be more functional.

Also some other ideas might be touch to focus and slide to shoot. This would get rid of the shake when shooting.

Once you look aware from the viewfinder you would have the basi menu on the screen to make further adjustments.

There are so many ways to improve function and reliability (touch screens do not wear like buttons) and many of these do not require retro looks. That is Homer Simpson mentality.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 20, 2013 at 02:33 UTC as 41st comment | 2 replies
On Just Posted: Hands-on Fujifilm XF1 preview article (20 comments in total)

If this has the same sensor as the x10 then it is a pointless upgrade. This sensor is bettered by many cameras in the category.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 19, 2012 at 05:57 UTC as 3rd comment

There is no point going to larger format unless you want more pixels or the ability to resolve detail in lower light. This does neither.

Obviously all those photographers who take great pride in the fact that they provided feedback to Leica, have given the wrong feedback.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 19, 2012 at 05:51 UTC as 12th comment | 4 replies

Does it really cost anything to leave movie mode in?

They removed it just to make the leap to the M9 justified.

Is that a second viewfinder mounted on top. Perhaps if Leica feels the centre is the best position for a viewfinder, they should put it there in the first place.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2012 at 21:20 UTC as 94th comment | 2 replies

Apple are patting themselves on the back for all this new technology and yet they have not been able to invent the lens cap yet. No camera without protection for the lens is serious.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 13, 2012 at 16:02 UTC as 44th comment | 2 replies
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